Saturday, December 4, 2010

Vintage Inspired Wreath

Our local Arts Council hosts a fabulous fundraiser every year called The Festival of Wreaths. The event is a week long wreath auction that really kicks off the holiday season in our community. You saw the Country Christmas wreath over my mantle. I purchased that several years ago at the auction. All the wreaths are donated by members of the community. This year the girls at Elizabeth & Co. decided to create and donate a wreath. Of course, it was going to have to be a vintage inspired wreath!

We started with a totally plain, simple wreath that we knew we could enhance just the way we wanted. First up, we added some grapevine for texture.







Then we attached the wreath to a wooden window frame with a cute little window box. We knew from the beginning that we wanted the wreath to be attached to a window or maybe even a door. Karla had this frame hiding in her basement and we girls are all about using what we already have, so that was easy. Plus, we really loved the blue.







Then we cut up a variety of greens and berries to add more texture.







And since we all love burlap, that's what we used to line the window box.






Then we filled the window box with some darling vintage toys, again using what we had. Karla collects Christmas boxes and was willing to part with a few of those too. I think her exact words were, "Oh, ok." And shhh, don't tell her husband where we got some of the toys.


We all collect vintage ornaments, so we played with a varierty of options until we found a look we all liked. We ultimately decided to keep the color scheme really simple and only use silver ornaments and some silver bead garland from Susan's stash. Then Susan took the whole thing outside, sprayed it with adhesive and sprinked on lots of snow.





We loved how the snow made everything shimmer!

























At this point we were imagining that it was a snowy Christmas Eve and Santa had just made his delivery. Yes, we have vivid imaginations!










I made the a big bow from red plaid ribbon and more burlap. And at the last minute Karla pulled out a sweet little vintage Santa ornament. Perfect!






And here is our finished wreath hanging on my front door. Oh, that looks pretty good! It can also sit on a table, which makes it versatile too.






We had so much fun working together on this project! Have I mentioned that I really love these girls?






Now, we just hope that someone likes our wreath enough to actually bid on it. I'll keep you posted!

An update... You can read all about how the wreath auction went right here!

I'm linking to...


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21 comments:

Nike@ChooseToThrive said...

Love this! Turned out beautifully!

Chrissie said...

What a gorgeous wreath! I love the vintage look, very pretty!

Sue Ellen said...

Really pretty!

NanaDiana said...

I bet you will get a ton of bids! It is gorgeous...absolutely gorgeous. And I love the story of how it came to be! Hugs- Diana

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

it looks beautiful!!! the snow is my favorite part- awesome! i love the concept of the wreath auction, too. i think that is fabulous! i wonder how i wouold start that up here?

Kim @ Second Time Furniture said...

Oh heck~ that is sooooo pretty! Love every bit of it!

Andy Porter said...

That looks so cool! I love that it can sit on the table as well! Fantastic job!

Andy
www.poppiesatplay.blogspot.com

time worn interiors said...

I have no doubt somebody will bid on you wonderful wreath! It turn out great!
Theresa
aka:TOT

Heather at Blessed Little Nest said...

this is so pretty! love that you added the glitter to the whole thing. it really makes it sing!

Gina said...

Well I know I'd bid on it! It's super pretty!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I love it!! I would bid if I was there. That is so great that you can use it more than one way. I hope you share it at my boring to better party, too tomorrow night.

Linda said...

This is so pretty~ I love the green tones with the red!

Hawthorn said...

Beautiful - I was at a wreath making fest this last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it, I love your wreath :)
came via boardwalk bragfest

Laura said...

This is wonderful and now I know how to get that snowy look.
Thanks!

I am linked to the same party.

Laura
White Spray Paint

Lisalulu said...

I've just spent about a half hour looking through your blog, I just love it, love the style, and thoughts and sharings! and yes you guessed it I am your newest follower!!! yea!

Jan @ bobbypins boardwalk said...

WOW -- This is one of those projects where I kept thinking, surely it must be done -- what else can be added? Yet more was added and it kept getting better and better until perfection was achieved. It is absolutely striking. What a beautiful welcome to your home. Thank you so much for sharing on the Boardwalk Bragfest!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

What a great looking wreath, nice job!

susan said...

Absolutely fabulous wreath!!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

So cute! It makes me feel that childlike Christmas feeling:) Very nice job!!

Sue@Uniquely Chic said...

This turned out so beautiful! My daughter and I always make wreathes together at Christmastime to give as gifts. I just showed her yours and she was completely wowed!!

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

That looks so incredibly festive. I love it!

Sarahx